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42-38143

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/12/43; Savannah 17/1/44; Assigned 775BS/463BG Celone 9/3/44; loaned to 49BS/2BG Amendola, Missing in Action 19/3/44 with 97BG on familiarization mission with Keith Chambers, Co-pilot: Melvin Wagner, Navigator: Harry Wolquitt [463BG], Bombardier: Fred Lawson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Babek, Radio Operator: Adam Sokolowski, Ball turret gunner: Albt Gricius, Waist gunner: Francis Delap, Waist gunner: Bob Bredesen, Tail gunner: Rich Goldsmith (10 Killed in Action); mid-air coll with #42-31823 (463BG); ditched Adriatic Sea. MACR 3286.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-31823

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 25/12/43; Tulsa 9/1/44; Maxwell 14/1/44; Lakeland 16/1/44; Morrison 14/2/44; Assigned 772BS/463BG Celone 15/2/44; Transferred 341BS/97BG Amendola 3/44 ...

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Units

  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Group
    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 463rd Bomb Group

    463rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 463rd BG entered combat on March 30, 1944. The target was the airdrome at Imoski, Yugoslavia. Thirty-nine planes dropped 117 tons of bombs from 20,000 feet. Although slight flak was encountered, all planes returned safely. The group flew a...

  • 49th Bomb Squadron
  • 775th Bomb Squadron

    775th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established in mid-1943 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombardment squadron; assigned to Second Air Force for training. Attached in late 1943 and early 1944 to Air University Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics. Deployed to Mediterranean Theater...

People

  • James Babek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner / Flight Engineer | 2nd Bomb Group
    From Texas

  • Robert Bredesen

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    On 19 March 1944 his B-17 #42-38143 was involved in a mid-air collision with #42-31823 and ditched in Adriatic Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Keith Chambers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    On 19 March 1944 in B-17 #42-38143 was involved in a mid-air collision with #42-31823 - ditched in Adriatic Sea, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Delap

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    On 19 March 1944 his B-17 #42-38143 was involved in a mid-air collision with #42-31823 and ditched in Adriatic Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Goldsmith

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    On 19 March 1944 his B-17 #42-38143 was involved in a mid-air collision with #42-31823 and ditched in Adriatic Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Albert Gricius

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    On 19 March 1944 his B-17 #42-38143 was involved in a mid-air collision with #42-31823 and ditched in Adriatic Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frederick Lawson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 2nd Bomb Group
    On 19 March 1944 his B-17 #42-38143 was involved in a mid-air collision with #42-31823 and ditched in Adriatic Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Adam Sokolowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    On 19 March 1944 his B-17 #42-38143 was involved in a mid-air collision with #42-31823 and ditched in Adriatic Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Melvin Wagner

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    On 19 March 1944 his B-17 #42-38143 was involved in a mid-air collision with #42-31823 and ditched in Adriatic Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Wolquitt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 2nd Bomb Group
    On 19 March 1944 his B-17 #42-38143 was involved in a mid-air collision with #42-31823 and ditched in Adriatic Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 26 December 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 26-Dec-43.

Assigned 71040 Amendola FG, Italy March 1944

Loaned to 49BS, 2BG Amendola Mar-44.

Assigned Via S. Severo, km. 4, 71121 Foggia FG, Italy 9 March 1944

Assigned 775BS/463BG Celone 9/3/44.

Crashed Gulf of Manfredonia, Italy 19 March 1944

Missing in Action 19-Mar-44 on familiarisation mission mid air collision with 42-38123 (2BG); crashed Adriatic Sea; MACR 3286.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2022 10:07:21 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number and unit associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/28623608

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2021 18:18:51 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Corrected a typo in the A/C "Description" - "familiarization " was misspelled.

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2020 02:36:32 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2020 02:26:26 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2017 09:55:49 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28623608

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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